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Private Enterprise Engagement in the Rule of Law

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May. 17, 2017
8:30am – 4:30pm


6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
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Private Enterprise Engagement in the Rule of Law

A Justice Sector Training, Research and Coordination Symposium Convened by the Rule of Law Collaborative at the University of South Carolina in coordination with The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

This public symposium will convene corporate and private foundation leaders, policymakers, and others to discuss the span of engagements between private enterprise and the rule of law. The symposium will delve into how private enterprise has also spurred better governance and the development of substantive laws within the countries in which they operate as rule of law architects. The symposium will also offer various case studies in more traditional rule of law engagement from private foundations and public-private partnerships aimed at advancing the rule of law.


08:30 Registration

09:00 Welcoming Remarks

Will Pomeranz, Deputy Director, Kennan Institute

Hamid Khan, Deputy Director, Rule of Law Collaborative, University of South Carolina

09:15 Session I: Surveying the Global Legal Landscape: Understanding the Principles that Guide Private Enterprise Engagement Worldwide

Moderator: Jason Pielemeier, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor; U.S. Department of State

Christina Koulias, Senior Manager, Governance and Legal, United Nations Global Compact

Melike Ann Yetken, Senior Advisor for Corporate Responsibility, U.S. Department of State

Frank Brown, Value Chain/Anti-Corruption Program Team Leader, The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

10:30 Session II: Private Enterprise, Self-Regulation, and the Rule of Law

Moderator: Stephen Gardner, Chief Counsel, Commercial Law Development Program, U.S. Department of Commerce

Jonathan Drimmer, Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, Barrick Gold Corporation

John Wear, Global Compliance Counsel, The Coca-Cola Company

Kumar Vijayaraghavan, Director, Office of Legal Compliance, Microsoft Corporation

Shawna Bader-Blau, Executive Director, The Solidarity Center

12:00 Featured Lunch Speaker: Combatting Corruption & Private Enterprise

Introduction: Kiel Downey, Research Coordinator, Rule of Law Collaborative, University of South Carolina

Thomas Firestone, Baker McKenzie LLP

13:30 Session III: Private Sector Actors as Agents of Change

Moderator: Andrew Spicer, Darla Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina

Teresa Jennings, Head of Rule of Law Development, LexisNexis

Yael Eisenstat, Founder, Kilele Global

Arvind Ganesan, Director of Business and Human Rights, Human Rights Watch

15:00 Session IV: Private Enterprise as Rule of Law Partners

Moderator: John Simpkins, Senior Lecturing Fellow, Duke Law School and Former General Counsel, U.S. Agency for International Development

Chris Jochnick, CEO and President, Landesa

Marissa Wesely, CEO, Win-Win Strategies

Amol Mehra, Executive Director, International Corporate Accountability Roundtable

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Hosted By

Kennan Institute

The Kennan Institute is the premier U.S. center for advanced research on Russia and Eurasia and the oldest and largest regional program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The Kennan Institute is committed to improving American expertise and knowledge of Russia, Ukraine, and the region. Through its residential fellowship programs, public lectures, workshops, and publications, the Institute strives to attract, publicize, and integrate new research into the policy community.  Read more

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